Consumer Alerts & Advisories

The Following OU Kosher Advisories and Alerts were released by the Orthodox Union's Kosher Division on the date indicated.

Please remember to always check the label before purchasing any item that needs kosher certification!

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Consumer Alerts

June 29, 2015

Kosher Alert Simply Shari’s Brown Rice

Brands: Simply Shari's
Products: Brown Rice/Flaxseed & Marinara; Brown Rice/Flaxseed Mac & Cheese
Company: Simply Shari's, Thousand Oaks CA
Issue:

Unauthorized OU

The Orthodox Union does not certify Simply Shari’s Brown Rice/Flaxseed & Marinara and Brown Rice/Flaxseed Mac & Cheese. These products bear an unauthorized OU. Corrective action has been implemented.

June 24, 2015

Kashrus Alert Noyan Black Current Grape Nectar

Brands: Noyan
Products: Black Current Grape Nectar
Company: Eurotem CJSC, Armenia
Issue:

Unauthorized OU

The Orthodox Union does not certify Noyan Black Current Grape Nectar. Some cartons were mistakenly labeled with an OU symbol. Corrective measures have been implemented.

June 18, 2015

Kosher Alert Osi’s Kitchen

Brands:
Products:
Company: Non-Certified Osi's Kitchen, Las Vegas NV
Issue:

A non-certified restaurant, Osi’s Kitchen, located at 4604 West Sahara Avenue in Las Vegas, printed a business card that includes the OU mark. The Orthodox Union does not certify Osi’s Kitchen. Corrective actions are being implemented.

June 10, 2015

Kosher Alert Regal Spice

Brands: Regal Spice
Products: Salad Seasoning
Company: Clark Associates, Lancaster PA
Issue:

Unauthorized OU

The Orthodox Union does not certify Regal Spice Salad Seasoning. This product bears and unauthorized OU symbol. Corrective actions have been implemented.

June 10, 2015

OU Kosher Advisory Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese

Brands:
Products: Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese
Company:
Issue:

Recent media reports stated that there is a new Parmigiano Reggiano cheese made with kosher animal rennet which will be recognized as kosher by the Orthodox Union.
These reports are inaccurate. The Orthodox Union reviewed the kosher status of animal rennet and determined that currently there is no animal rennet that meets OU kosher standards for the production of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Parmigiano Reggiano cheeses made with animal rennet are, therefore, NOT considered kosher by the OU.

May 20, 2015

Kosher Advisory Paskesz Butterscotch Candy

Brands: Sweet'n Low / Paskesz
Products: Sweet'n Low Butterscotch Hard Candy
Company: Paskesz Candy Co. Brooklyn, NY
Issue:

Mistaken Labeling

The Orthodox Union certifies Paskesz/Sweet’n Low Butterscotch Hard Candy as an OU Pareve product. The ingredient panel mistakenly lists a dairy ingredient that was not used in the production of this Paskesz candy.

May 18, 2015

Kosher Alert 7-Eleven Popcorn

Brands: 7 Select
Products: Caramel Popcorn
Company: 7-Eleven Mexico
Issue:

Unauthorized OU

The Orthodox Union does not certify 7 Select Caramel Popcorn, made and sold in 7-Eleven stores in Mexico. Some packaging may bear an unauthorized OU mark. Corrective actions have been implemented.

May 8, 2015

Kosher Alert AirHeads Ice Cream

Brands: AirHeads Ice Cream
Products: Ice Cream Squeeze Ups and Ice Cream Sandwich
Company: Spring Creek Holdings, LLC Barrington IL
Issue:

Missing D – Dairy Designation

The Orthodox Union certifies AirHeads Ice Cream products as OU D – Dairy products. These products contains milk as indicated on the allergen and ingredient statements. Some of the packaging for these products were printed with a plain OU Symbol without the D – Dairy designation. Corrective actions have been implemented.

May 6, 2015

Kashrus Alert Whole Foods Lemon Thyme Seasoning

Brands: Whole Foods
Products: Lemon Herb with Thyme
Company: Allegro Coffee Co., Thornton CO
Issue:

Missing D – Dairy Designation

The Orthodox Union certifies Whole Foods Lemon Herb with Thyme Cooking Seasoning as an OU D – Dairy product. This product contains a dairy ingredient as indicated in the allergen and ingredient statements. Some labels were printed with an OU symbol without the D – Dairy designation. Corrective actions have been implemented.

April 28, 2015

Kosher Alert Polar Mackerel

Brands: MW Polar
Products: Mackerel In Brine
Company: MW Polar, Province CA
Issue:

Unauthorized OU

The Orthodox Union does not certify MW Polar Mackerel in Brine. Some cans are mistakenly labeled with an unauthorized OU symbol. Corrective actions are being implemented.